Through a glass starkly: PRISM and BLARNEY are good things

Through a glass starkly: PRISM and BLARNEY are good things

Summary: A lot of people are so angry about the government's "spying" programs that they're not really seeing the bigger picture. The big picture is that government surveillance is good. Yes, good.

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No one likes to feel like they're being spied on or being watched for no reason but I'll tell you that it makes me feel safer to know that my government watches out for me. Yes, that's right, I, the paranoid, hater of most things government, actually appreciate the fact that my government is doing something useful with my tax money. I personally would give them more power to do more surveillance and more snooping if it prevented a single act of terrorism, especially if those acts affect children. My premise is that if you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to worry about. And frankly, I want to be protected.

If you have something to hide, I don't want it hidden. I want it exposed. If you're building bombs in your garage, if you're crazy and you're searching for How-Tos on the Internet for IEDs, or if you're one of these insurrectionist types, I want you found out and imprisoned.

"I'll demand that the government be 100 percent transparent when the criminals of this world are 100 percent transparent."

I have the right to feel safe in my home, in my city, and in my country. And if my safety invades your privacy that you don't deserve because you're doing something that you shouldn't be doing, then so be it. Your freedom stops where mine begins.

How often do we see incidents like Oklahoma City, the school in Connecticut, or Columbine and say, "Wow, someone should have done something." I don't want to attend any family member's funeral knowing that something could have been done to prevent these heinous acts but wasn't done because people might be upset because they were spied on. 

"Drink your pint, surf your porn, complain about your job to your mates, and feel safe that your government cares enough to protect you in those noble endeavors."

Go to London where there are thousands of video cameras. The cameras might deter crime because the criminals will be seen. And they'll be caught even if their crimes aren't prevented because they're being spied on. People who follow the law don't have to worry. So what if someone sees you picking your nose or meeting your mistress—those are your issues. Neither jeopardizes my safety or my children's safety. No one cares about your petty nonsense. The government and law enforcement are after criminals and I want them to be enabled to do so.

And don't spout rhetoric to me about Nazis or Police States or any 'blarney' about how your privacy is being compromised. You've watched too much television or watched too many movies. This is real life. And again, no one cares about your petty nonsense. If you aren't breaking the law, relax, you're going to be OK. Drink your pint, surf your porn, complain about your job to your mates, and feel safe that your government cares enough to protect you in those noble endeavors.

We pay taxes for such protection against those who mean to harm us. If you don't want to have the government spy on would-be bad guys, then we should all carry guns like they did back in the "Old West." Yes, you have a right to your privacy. No one should take that away. But the funny thing is that criminals are spying on you and they want to hurt you financially and physically. You have to fight fire with water. We have to be as vigilant and energetic in protecting ourselves as the criminals are at trying to harm us, our children, and our bank accounts.

Additionally, our government can't be 100 percent transparent. Some things have to be kept secret. Secrets protect your security. If you're one of these 100 percent transparency types, then print your bank account numbers, passwords, and Social Security number on a T-shirt and wear it everywhere you go. Be transparent with your dealings. You think it's OK for you to keep secrets but want to forbid the government to do it. I'll demand that the government be 100 percent transparent when the criminals of this world are 100 percent transparent.

Your precious privacy might suffer a bit for the government to watch your emails, your surfing habits, or your texts but the government won't steal your identity, empty your bank account, use your Social Security number for illegal workers, or in attempt to kill you and your family.

Grow up, take your medicine, eat your veggies, and let the government protect you.

Topics: Security, Government US, Privacy

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Kenneth 'Ken' Hess is a full-time Windows and Linux system administrator with 20 years of experience with Mac, Linux, UNIX, and Windows systems in large multi-data center environments.

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  • I'll stick with the 2nd amendment

    thanks but no thanks
    everss02
    • 2nd Amendment People

      Usually only partially quote the 2nd Amendment.
      JustCallMeBC
      • 2nd Amendment People

        Text: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right OF THE PEOPLE to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

        Punctuation means some, the militia statement is an introductory clause, NOT a limitation. The constitution defines Natural rights and limits government, NOT the people. The right to keep and bear arms rests with the people, NOT government.
        Chris Dale
  • @eversso2

    Huh? What does the second amendment have to do with this?
    khess
    • You are right, Ken; other amendments come to ming

      "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." — Benjamin Franklin, February 1775.
      DDERSSS
    • He states that London is so safe with cameras

      In the UK they are forced to give up protecting themselves, and feel all warm and fuzzy that King George is watching all.

      Tell that to the guy that was beheaded right in the street, then the killer stuck around to taunt the citizens and on camera knowing nobody would do anything to stop him, they are all trained pets of the government.
      everss02
      • And you're so different?

        Not doing so well on the terror front yourselves are you.

        At least we can be content that we're not hated globally as much as the yanks.
        Little Old Man
        • Global hate

          I wouldn't be too sure on that @Little Old Man; I have no love for the British Army after they subjected my country to penal-laws for 800 years and suppressed an entire nation into servitude.(Ireland/N.Ireland) The English are hated the world over, they send their armies to fight in wars from Palestine, Arabia and Africa and send their football hooligans to damage public property in Europe.
          Makhtar Diop
      • @eversso2

        And, where is it that I said London is safe with cameras? You're misquoting me. Reread it.

        This is why it doesn't help to cite the 2nd and 4th amendments. None of you have read either.
        khess
        • So what you're saying is you're from the government and here to "help"?

          "Go to London where there are thousands of video cameras. The cameras might deter crime because the criminals will be seen. And they'll be caught even if their crimes aren't prevented because they're being spied on. People who follow the law don't have to worry. So what if someone sees you picking your nose or meeting your mistress—those are your issues."

          What I said basically sums up your writing, to just be a government pet and walk around in a false sense of security.
          everss02
  • Government vs. citizens

    The spying to keep us safe is all well and good until someone in power in government uses the spying for political or financial gain at the expense of the people being surveilled.
    ncted
  • The bad guys and the "bad" guys

    Even if you were right when you say the privacy rights make no sense, you should consider the possibility that the data collected can be used by dishonest governments against political adversaries, sexual minorities or peers sharing books or movies. That is where your "nobody cares" argument fails in my opinion.
    To accept your view of the subject, we need to have absolute trust in the government and its definition for the "bad guys".
    pedro.fortes@...
    • This is what I've been saying for years

      All this data collection is fine, while we have people in power that don't abuse it. We're setting up perfect systems to be abused in the future.

      Does film mimic real life or is it the other way round?
      Little Old Man
      • abuse in the future?

        unless you missed the whole IRS thang they are abusing it NOW!
        Oknarf
    • @pedro

      I'm banking on the past 237 years without it. Some governments can't be trusted. I believe that ours can be. At least to a point, anyway. Surely our 535 members of Congress can't all be against the people, nor can all 9 SC Justices. I know government mistrust and paranoia are popular and it sells newspapers and TV ads but really.
      khess
      • The Patriot Act

        None of the people you mentioned has a problem with it.

        Surely you were wrong before the thought formed in your brain.
        pishaw
      • Bank this

        To trust this administration and believe what they and their lap-dog lackeys in the press are telling you would be no different to putting a paper bag over your head and walking into a busy intersection.
        Your prattle sounds like that I would expect from an uneducated child or a moronic fool.
        JTF243@...
  • "I am not here today as a serf or a vassal.

    I am not begging my lords for mercy. I am a born-free, American... and I’m telling MY government that you have forgotten your place."

    A quote the blog author would do well to memorize.
    baggins_z
    • plus infinity

      great post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      everss02
    • @baggins_z

      You're naive, I'm afraid. If you work for someone other than yourself, you are, in fact, a serf or a vassal. The names have changed but the song remains the same, my friend. Everyone wants to hate the government until something bad happens, then you demand that they do something.
      khess